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  • Fantasyland Theater...Part 1...Past Shows

    So, which one is it? Tell me, tell me, tell me!...and I'm adding in Festival of Fools because it could have been there and stayed there....but, alas....
    40
    Beauty and the Beast
    40.00%
    16
    The Spirit of Pocahontas
    15.00%
    6
    Animazement
    20.00%
    8
    Festival of Fools
    20.00%
    8
    Mickey's Detective School
    5.00%
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  • #2
    Actually, the last one I watched (and remember) was Dick Tracey's show. Unless that was a dream (it could have been. Am I crazy?)
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    • #3
      Originally posted by robotpirates
      Actually, the last one I watched (and remember) was Dick Tracey's show. Unless that was a dream (it could have been. Am I crazy?)
      that was an actual show. and there's audio here.

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      • #4
        That was when it was still Videopolis. Beauty and the Beast was too. But, it ushered in the Fantasyland Theater era...so, I put it in there.

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        • #5
          In my mind, Videopolis and Fantasyland Theater are one in the same; its just a matter of set dressing.

          Having said that...

          One Man's Dream was the best show I ever saw in that venue. Not to be confused with the movie at WDW, Disneyland's stage show was a tribute to the dreams that built Walt's empire. The music was fantastic, the costumes and special effects were amazing (A black and white stage, including black and white classic Mickey & Minnie characters, changed into color before your eyes. Peter Pan and Wendy flew from the pirate ship all artound Neverland.). One Man's Dream was replaced by Beauty and the Beast (or was it Dick Tracy in Diamond Doublecross?) in 1990 for Disneyland's 35th anniversary.

          While I loved Beauty and the Beast (that's what I voted for), I really thought that One Man's Dream was the perfect tribute for a Disneyland anniversary.

          I also thought the Dick Tracy show was a lot of fun ("Cigars, Cigarettes, SinSin..."), but I didn't think it really "fit" at Disneyland.
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          Just because it's gone doesn't mean I changed my mind! :cwink:

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          • #6
            Shouldn't "none" have been a response?

            I enjoyed Beauty and the Beast the most of that lot, but wasn't "sad" to see it close.

            I was more sad when they first built that inappropriate structure in Fantasyland as Videopolis. I still hope it goes away one day.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by merlinjones
              Shouldn't "none" have been a response?

              I enjoyed Beauty and the Beast the most of that lot, but wasn't "sad" to see it close.

              I was more sad when they first built that inappropriate structure in Fantasyland as Videopolis. I still hope it goes away one day.
              Hey Merlin, what's inappropriate about it? :confused: Do you mean Videopolis was inappropriate?

              I agree that I wasn't "sad" when B&TB closed even though it was a good show.
              "George Bush... is only for now."
              Avenue Q

              Just because it's gone doesn't mean I changed my mind! :cwink:

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              • #8
                Festival of Fools was never in the Fantasyland Theater, it was over behind Thunder Ranch.

                What, no votes for Plane Crazy? The early 90's Disney Afternoon extravaganza?

                I pick dancing at Videopolis over any of these.

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                • #9
                  Yeah, I also have to point out that the Hunchback show had its own unique theater, and ran at the same time as Pocahontas (which got my vote.)

                  Mickey's Nutcracker really was the most fun, though.
                  So full of Disney Magic, my eyes are blue.

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                  • #10
                    As I stated in the original post I am aware of the fact that Festival of Fools had it's own venue and that Beauty and the Beast wasn't in Fantasyland Theater it was in Videopolis. It did usher in the name change though because it went from being more of a "Videopolis"(whatever that is) to being a theater. However, Festival of Fools was a GREAT show with AMAZING singing and could have easily been put into the Fantasyland theater. So, that's why I put it in there. I was fully cognizant that there were shows before the name was changed and that Festival of Fools was not in that theater.

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                    • #11
                      I'm not sure why you have a problem with the theater being there. I can understand that Videopolis was a bit out of place. But, that theater in whatever form and in whatever place has been there almost always since the opening of the park. :confused:

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                      • #12
                        Isn't our ideas of tomorrow in tomorrowland fantasy anyways?

                        Videopolis was my biggest memory from all of these.

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                        • #13
                          I didn't have a problem with Videopolis. It just didn't seem to "go" in Fantasyland. But, when I was that young it seemed like a club for older kids and young adults to go to. It wasn't something I was interested in. So, I was glad when it became the theater.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by neuhickman79
                            I'm not sure why you have a problem with the theater being there. I can understand that Videopolis was a bit out of place. But, that theater in whatever form and in whatever place has been there almost always since the opening of the park. :confused:
                            No, the venue opened as Videopolis in the '80s and was remodeled into the Wonderbra theatre a few years ago. Prior to that, it was backstage area, and the main performance stage was in Tomorrowland, where Honey is now. The Tomorrowland stage was actually in that same spot before Space Mountain was built.
                            So full of Disney Magic, my eyes are blue.

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                            • #15
                              Check yesterland.com...the FANTASYLAND THEATER was there on opening day...here's the link even!...http://www.yesterland.com/fltheater.html...and I did say in whatever form and in whatever place!

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                              • #16
                                I have to say... I am torn about two of the shows I saw at the former Videopolis, now Fantasyland Theater.... My fav shows there were: One Man's Dream (which was replaced by Dick Tracy's show), and the Mickey Mouse Club reunion show they did with the original Mouseketeers. Pure heaven!!!

                                I also did enjoy Mickey's Nutcracker, Beauty and the Beast, and Animazement. Great shows there at the Fantasyland Theater.... Oh the memories... snif.

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                                • #17
                                  The Fantasyland Theater was in (approximately) the space currently occupied by the Pinocchio attraction. It used to show Winnie-the-Pooh and Mickey Mouse shorts and was a lovely air-conditioned place to hang out for 20 minutes. It also had a tiny stage that wasn't used in my lifetime for live shows, except for the Disneyland Employee's Theatre Group. I remember seeing a really fun production of "Once upon a Mattress" after work one night when I was a sweeper.

                                  I've always thought they should open a Toontown Cinema to replace the original Fantasyland Theater.

                                  So, yes, there was a Fantasyland Theater. It was nothing like the huge amphtheatre that now exists, nor was it in anything like the same piece of real estate.
                                  So full of Disney Magic, my eyes are blue.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Gn2Dlnd
                                    The Fantasyland Theater was in (approximately) the space currently occupied by the Pinocchio attraction. It used to show Winnie-the-Pooh and Mickey Mouse shorts and was a lovely air-conditioned place to hang out for 20 minutes. It also had a tiny stage that wasn't used in my lifetime for live shows, except for the Disneyland Employee's Theatre Group. I remember seeing a really fun production of "Once upon a Mattress" after work one night when I was a sweeper.

                                    I've always thought they should open a Toontown Cinema to replace the original Fantasyland Theater.

                                    So, yes, there was a Fantasyland Theater. It was nothing like the huge amphtheatre that now exists, nor was it in anything like the same piece of real estate.
                                    I still recall seeing several Mickey Mouse shorts there when I was young. I clearly remember seeing "Mickey's Trailer" there several times. They showed the films on a continuous loop, and there was never a wait between shows. Ahhh, the memories!
                                    My fondest memory of Walt Disney was the day Disneyland opened....I was standing next to him - I was 12 years old - he was looking at the gate where people were coming through, he had his hands behind his back, he had a grin from ear to ear, but you could see the lump in his throat and the tear coming down his cheek because his dream had been realized. -- Mouseketeer Sharon Baird, "Mouseke-Memories", Walt Disney Treasures: The Mickey Mouse Club

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